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Tires… Don’t just kick them – look at them!

Written by maryp posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

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It’s time to do a visual check on your BMW’s tires and you may want to know what you, (or a professional), should be looking for. Any uneven wear such as irregular tread wear on the tire’s shoulder area, (whether it be inside or outside), should be inspected by a professional. We touched on the tread depth in a post about being prepared for a rainy day, but any exposed tread bar is sign to replace the tires. If you see any fabric or tire cord exposed, the tires are dangerously worn, and they should be replaced immediately by a professional prior to driving the car.

Now, hopefully, you are getting your BMW inspected on a regular basis and you will not get in that situation, (where your tires are at the tread or wear bar, or worse).

Once a month, you will want to check the tire air pressure. It should be checked when your vehicle is cold. At normal driving conditions, your tire may lose 1 psi per month. If you are losing about 2 psi, it could be a sign that you have a damaged wheel, valve or tire. (Oh no, I didn’t think I hit the curb so hard!) Your tires should also be checked for any bulges, cracks or splits. (Ooops, I guess I did do a number on that curb).

Kidding aside, if you do run over or into something, you will want to have those tires and wheels looked at by a professional. You will want to get the car up on the lift and really take a close look at whatever damage that big ole curb did to this BMW. (I hate when that happens).

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